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Properly mapping hospitals is important to routing and for proper search results. This wiki will cover how to map a hospital, place the stop point at the appropriate location, and how to name them. However, this does not include the topic of Urgent Care clinics. Please verify with your local SM or RC for local guidance.

Adding a Hospital

In order to map a hospital you must first identify the grounds that they are located on. Many major hospitals across the nation are located on grounds known as campuses or centers. These property types may include other buildings and parking lots or just one massive building with each section representing a different field of practice.

To ensure that the area is mapped correctly, please only use information provided by that facility via the facilities website. Many include maps of their proper, including specific parking for certain types of patients. Others will include maps of other facilities located in other parts of the building or property.

Place point or Area

The assignment of point or area is very important. For this, special rules apply.


These types of properties will be mapped as an area. As with many large places, you will map them to the borderline of the property. This is to include the parking lots.

Buildings on property

Many of the large properties will house or lease buildings that facilitate other medical practices. For these buildings, add a place point and ensure it is located at the entrance.


The hospital itself will be mapped as an area. This will add a visual aid when navigating the large property.

Mapping Emergency Rooms (ER)

Properly mapping a hospitals ER is very important for both routing and search results. The place point of the ER should be located at the entrance of the ER doors. This would be at or right next to where the ambulance drops patients off. If this is not the proper location many hospitals will have building maps, on their website, indication the exact location of the ER entrance.

In rare cases, some hospitals may own an emergency center for locations that are located too far from an actual hospital. This is especially true for rural areas across the US. For these locations, they only serve one purpose, emergency care. The entire building is one giant ER. This would be the only time an "ER" only hospital would be a place area over a place point. Refer to the hospital stop poin in the Stop Point section for the proper stop point location .

For the naming of the ER point, please refer to the Naming section

Stop Points


The stop point should be located at the main entrance (main point of access and not a side street). Many locations have signs along the road to guide visitors to location they are looking for.


The stop point for the hospital should be located at what would be considered the main entrance. Many hospital websites will include this in a map that they offer or via an online directory. If you are still unable to locate the main entrance, consult an SM or RC for assistance.


As indicated in Places/USA, only Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and places offering Urgent Medical Care should use the Hospital/Medical Care category.

Clinics, and Medical offices which do not offer urgent medical care for Walk-Ins should use the Office, (and any other appropriate) category instead.

As for the campus/center areas, they should also utilize the office and other appropriate categories in relation to what is found on that property (there are instances that a university may run a hospital and the location may be on or adjacent to the university and offer classes).


Lock Level

Lock levels vary by state. Please check your states wiki page for the proper lock level of hospitals.

Parking Lot Roads

It is essential that parking lot roads (PLRs) are mapped properly to ensure proper routing. Especially with large hospitals with various place points. It is also helpful to utilize the GPS layer to get an idea of what PLRs are used the most.

Many hospitals, that are large enough, have named roads that go through it. It is important to ensure these roads are named correctly as the addresses of many buildings are tied to them.